Rep. Steve Stockman recently got a taste of what it means to have one’s mugshot and booking report published online. He was a victim of a burgeoning niche of online outlets that republish booking photos, names and other details from government websites regardless whether that individual has ever been convicted of a crime. [Read more...]
The Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Joe Straus, is trying to make it simpler for government agencies to keep the public away from their records.
A good press corps would pose a big challenge to Straus, who just charged the House Committee on Government Efficiency and Reform chair to look at the Texas Public Information Act with the aim to have extended deadlines, more lax procedures, and a lot of space for government agencies to keep their records blacked out. [Read more...]
New court findings reveal that the Florida Legislature threw away records related to drawing up new districts, something that happens once in a decade.
The House Speaker said that there was nothing wrong about doing that, and he said that the Legislature was just following rules already in place that allow for the disposal of records if they are no longer required. [Read more...]
A regent at the University of Texas made a request for hundreds of thousands of internal school-related documents. As a result, UT Austin has been buried in records requests and they are struggling to comply. Some are saying that the records requests are nothing more than part of a ploy to remove the school’s president. The huge amount of requests on UT has only just begun, however.
Wallace Hall has made requests totaling almost one million records and officials at the university have said they feel overwhelmed and have trouble complying. [Read more...]
The University of California is not obligated to acquire and disclose data on the investment performance of venture capital funds it has in its investment portfolio, a court in California ruled late last month in a decision that could have a far-reaching effect on how public records law are henceforth interpreted. [Read more...]
A foster care facility in central Florida could lose several thousand dollars in public funding because they have a pattern of failing to provide basic public records. It’s unclear at this point whether it is merely a minor glitch or part of a much bigger problem.
A member of a nonprofit organization went in to the foster care site to investigate. [Read more...]
An affidavit has shown that a judge in Hunt County, TX made disparaging and negative statements about county commissioners and exclaimed that they would pay in an upcoming suit the judge recused himself from presiding over.
Judge Steve Tittle was scheduled to preside over a lawsuit brought to the court by county commissioners against several contractors who handled development of the county jail. They claim it is breaking down. [Read more...]
2014 is shaping up to be an especially good year for journalists and investigative reporters throughout California, because of lawmakers at the State Capitol who figured out how to get through rough spots in difficult areas of safeguarding the rights of the media.
There are a whole slew of new notable bills that will have a direct impact on journalists in the state. [Read more...]